“Let’s Roll”

11 Sep

“Are you guys ready? Okay, let’s roll!”  ~Todd Beamer, Warrior aboard United Airlines Flight 93


Let’s Roll

It’s been some years since terrorists
Hijacked the planes and crashed
Two of them into buildings
And left our spirits dashed

I’m not going to focus there
The news is sure to dwell
On the sorrow and heartache
Of that pure living hell

Instead I want to talk about
A Warrior that day
Named Todd Beamer who kept his cool
Amid all the dismay

A husband and a father of
Two boys, David and Drew
And Morgan Kay, the little girl
That Beamer never knew

On 9-11, Todd was on
United 93
The fourth plane that was taken by
The terroristic spree

He made a call on his cell phone
And somehow he got through
To someone and informed them of
What he was going to do

He spoke with Lisa Jefferson
Recited the Lord’s Prayer
And then spoke of Psalm 23
To make us all aware

That he was not afraid to die
His faith gave him the strength
And the courage to fight back
To go to any length

To walk through the valley of death
To endure through its shadow
To let go of the fear of what
Awaited him below

He rallied other passengers
To stand up and reclaim
The aircraft from the terrorists
When he did exclaim:

“Are you guys ready?” he asked them
And then he said “Let’s roll”
Leading them up to the cabin
To rush the console

I wonder how many there were
Just paralyzed with fear
Who stayed there in their seats and wished
That they could disappear

Beamer and the ones who rushed
The cabin showed to me
That every single one of us
In life is a trainee

They showed that we do not rise to
What expectations are
Instead we fall to level of
All our training so far

The ones who stood up with courage
Were Warriors before
They set foot on that plane that day
And it took off to soar

They didn’t have a sudden transformation
And become
Heroes, the reason that they
Did not to fear succumb

Is simply ‘cause they didn’t fall
To fear before that day
They dealt with problems with courage
Which is the Warrior’s Way

They trained to deal with turmoil
And that’s why Todd kept calm
We’re told that he sounded at peace
As he recited Pslam

Every single thing you do
In your life greatly matters
It decides if your resolve
Will hold or if it shatters

We must remember not just that
He was a hero there
We should recall what made him that
What gave him strength to bare

It should inspire all of us
To try harder, to train
To bring along that courage as
We set foot on that plane

Todd’s words inspired soldiers who
Were sent to fight the foe
“Let’s roll” became their battle cry
To let the rivals know

That they had trained to have courage
They trained their strength and calm
They’ll keep their cool with whizzing bullets
Or a ticking bomb

Do not dwell just on the death
And two buildings destroyed
Although so tragic, this story
Of hope is not devoid

Focus on the hero who
Stood up to take control
The courage to fear no evil
And calmly said “Let’s roll”

      for Todd Beamer and the heroes
                             of United Airlines Flight 93

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14 Responses to ““Let’s Roll””

  1. Cat Forsley September 11, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    make me cry Miro …………
    courage courage courage ……
    xx
    love
    xx
    c

  2. Cat Forsley September 11, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    ps- beautiful homage …………. reaching into the computer to give you a hug xx

  3. Cat Forsley September 11, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    more love xx

  4. lscotthoughts September 11, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Miro, your poem gave me goosebumps; a beautiful tribute to Todd and his family. I remember hearing his story soon after the attacks happened and was in awe of his heroism. Thank you for a wonderful message, in addition to this amazing tribute. Take care, Lauren xx

  5. lscotthoughts September 11, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Miro, do you mind if I re-blog this post?

  6. lscotthoughts September 11, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Reblogged this on LScott Poetry and commented:
    A beautiful tribute written from the heart of a true warrior, Miro~

  7. Wendell A. Brown September 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    A very awesome post Lauren…i love the fire in your words! I always pray the Lords prayer as faith in Him frees us from fear…”for i will fear no evil for though art with me! So very, very inspiring !

  8. Caddo Veil September 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Beautiful reminder about courage–strength of heart.

  9. granbee September 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Dear, dear Friend (and brother warrior) Miro: I have commented at length on this post over at Lauren’s blog where she reblogged this post! I am now crying in gratitude for such fine warriors who lead us and set such stellar examples of the true warrior spirit! Let us warrior on together to change the world, one heart at a time, in honor of such as Todd Beamer!

  10. poeticjourney September 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    beautiful heartbreaking poem, thank you for sharing it with us here at wordpress. God Bless 🙂

  11. Denise Hisey September 12, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    That was an amazing poem and tribute to all who stepped up that day.
    I especially love how you emphasized one day does not a hero make. It’s our daily choices that truly form who we are.
    Beautiful and well done.

    • Miro September 13, 2012 at 12:08 am #

      Thanks! Yes, something that doesn’t get brought up a lot. Heroes aren’t just heroes because of one heroic act. They trained to be.

      • Cat Forsley September 14, 2012 at 8:56 am #

        “Trained to be Miro ” ………….. wow …. i came back here because i needed you to know i honour you as my bro …….
        made to be heroes ….. heroes that touch and change the world –
        love you dearly ………
        all my heart xx

  12. thepoeticgoblin September 13, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Absolutely amazing and touching poem/tribute. I agree, let’s never forget the man who fought back and in his final act defied death. I also like that you recognize that nobody becomes a hero over a night..

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